Under the Roofs of Paris Author:Henry Miller Under the Roofs of Paris was written in 1941 and 1942, not long after Henry Miller returned to the US from a now legendary sojourn in Paris. An LA bookseller paid the desperately poor author one dollar per page for these writings, which Miller delivered several pages at a time. When the book was completed, Miller called it Opus Pistorum (liter... more »ally: work of the miller). The bookseller, Milton Lubovski, made four copies of the manuscript and sold these to his Hollywood clients, keeping the original for himself; the book was only published commercially in 1983, three years after Miller's death.
Under the Roofs of Paris is similar in many ways to Miller's masterpiece, Tropic of Cancer, covering the same period in Paris and featuring many recognizable Miller characters; in Under the Roofs, though, the level of sexual activity is increased tenfold. Nevertheless, Miller's trademarks as a writer shine through: his candor, wit, self-mockery, and celebration of life, and his profoundly original ideas about art and love.« less